Ginger Zee

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Ginger Zee
BornGinger Renee Zuidgeest
(1981-01-13) January 13, 1981 (age 32)
Orange, California, U.S.
Alma materValparaiso University
Years active2004–present
Known forBroadcast meteorologist
 
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Ginger Zee
BornGinger Renee Zuidgeest
(1981-01-13) January 13, 1981 (age 32)
Orange, California, U.S.
Alma materValparaiso University
Years active2004–present
Known forBroadcast meteorologist

Ginger "Zee" Renee Zuidgeest (born January 13, 1981) is an American television personality. On December 5, 2013, she assumed the position of weather anchor for Good Morning America (GMA) on ABC, following the departure of Sam Champion on December 4, 2013.[1]

Born Ginger Zuidgeest, she was named for "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island by her Dutch father, due to his love of the show that helped him learn English.[2] Ginger graduated from Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan in 1999. Her goal at graduation was to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by age 30.[3]

After attending Valparaiso University, she worked at WEYI-TV in Flint, Michigan, WYIN-TV in Merrillville, Indiana, WLAV-FM and WOOD-TV both in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. NBC owned and operated WMAQ, and Zee once filled in as meteorologist on the weekend edition of The Today Show, fulfilling her high school goal.[4]

Zee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology, and is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

Zee debuted as a weekend meteorologist for GMA on November 12, 2011.[5] She held the position of meteorologist at NBC station WMAQ in Chicago from 2006-2011, and is now the weather anchor for the weekend edition of GMA.[6] She occasionally appears on other ABC programming such as Nightline, and has also been a guest with Reed Timmer's TornadoVideos.Net (TVN) team on Discovery's Storm Chasers, Season Four.

In August 2013 Ginger became engaged to WNBC-TV New York personality, Ben Aaron.

On December 2, 2013, ABC News announced that Ginger would succeed Sam Champion, who's taking a job with The Weather Channel, as lead Meteorologist for Good Morning America and Weather Editor for ABC News.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/12/good_morning_america.html
  2. ^ Borrelli, Christopher. "The stormy rise of Ginger Zee". Chicago Tribune (2010-06-30). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame class of 2012 inductees announced". The Rockford Squire/Squire News (2012-07-05). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  4. ^ "Ginger Zee makes Today Show debut". WOOD TV (2010-02-27). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  5. ^ "Ginger Zee starts new job at America". WOOD TV (2011-11-12). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  6. ^ "Ginger Zee's Biography". ABC News (2011-11-04). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  7. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/sam-champion-leaves-good-morning-america-for-weather-channel-ginger-zee-to-replace-him/

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